Local High School Speed Skater Heads to Sochi

Emery Lehman competes in the men's 10,000-meter during the U.S. Speed Skating Long Track Olympic Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on Jauary 1, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Emery Lehman is only 17, but he’s already making a name for himself. Lehman is a high school senior at Oak Park River Forest High School and also on the US speed skating team.

In addition to speed skating, Lehman captained Oak Park River Forest’s lacrosse team since his freshman year, and played all-conference defense for the hockey team since his sophomore season. He’s currently not on the hockey this season since he’s concentrating all his efforts on Sochi, but will play lacrosse in the spring.

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I’m including a video showing Lehman qualifying for the team. It takes approximately 13 minutes to complete 10,000 meters. How many meters is in a mile you ask? About 1,609 meters. So, to qualify for the US speed skating team, you have to be able to skate about 6.2 miles in 13 minutes, which means you’d have to be able to skate a mile in 2 minutes! What?!

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